3
18 Apr 14 at 9 pm

Trigger/heated topic
Racial/symbolic appropriation
Just my opinion - not meant to offend or upset everyone
Honestly! 
Just sick of people coming at me about it and never being able to share my opinion
.
.
.
.
..
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
The same people who complain about the westernization of the bindhi are the very same people who use wiccan (5 point star and moon phases - I mean I find it a little insulting that people have inverted pentagrams on cat t-shirts… This is why people don’t take it seriously or think we are satanists…), norse (mjolnir), celtic and christian (both upright and upside down cross, not to mention some of the stupid hat and t-shirt slogans you can get now) symbols and get henna tattoos in popular culture.

So… I wear bindhis and I have a full understanding of what they mean. There are two interpretations (both of which I have heard from Hindu women) 1. They are decorative for occasions. 2. It is linked to chakras and enlightenment. It is the entrance to the mind and soul for knowledge.

Now, for me personally, I believe in the concept of charkas and enlightenment so you’re telling me I am not allowed to do exactly the same thing?? DO they own foreheads??? Furthermore, I like the way people who aren’t of the initial culture seem to have more of a problem with it than those who are. Dunno about you, but we have a hindu family down my local high street that do henna and when I asked them why once (in regard to this) they said because it’s decorative, they believe it’s beautiful and they want to share it with other cultures. How is me wearing a bindhi any different? I love their concepts. My own belief is nearly identical in concept and I see the way another culture uses to convey wisdom and belief as beautiful. If anything, isn’t that a compliment?

Also - this was added on my profile:

Raheel Hafeez 
Yeah henna is just decoration. It’s like a temp tattoo pretty much.
8 minutes ago · Like

Katherine Kitty-Rose Tullett 
From my understanding it’s used more in Southern and Western regions for Weddings and large family events?
7 minutes ago · Like

Raheel Hafeez 
It’s used all over really. I’m pakistani and we just use it on weddings and pre-wedding celebrations, such as the mehndi (mehndi is another name for henna) 
6 minutes ago · Like

Katherine Kitty-Rose Tullett 
I have heard it called mendhi before 
Is it literally the same thing or does it refer to a different kind of pattern etc? Most of the time when I see people who refer to it as mendhi it’s usually the big circular patterns?
4 minutes ago · Like

Raheel Hafeez 
Nah it’s the same thing. I think it’s just different languages.

"And then suddenly I become sad for no reason, and it takes me days to get over that feeling."

 16
16 Apr 14 at 11 pm

(Source: yavorivanov)

 14924
16 Apr 14 at 11 pm

T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land (via viage)

(Source: petrichour, via startrekspeare)

"April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain."

 55
16 Apr 14 at 11 pm

Unknown (via wildbindi)

(via vilarps)

"May the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face. And may the winds of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars."

 1142
16 Apr 14 at 11 pm

tiltheendofthe-line:

I think I got impregnated during this scene because wow have I been craving some weird shit since I saw the movie. 

(Source: thewiener-soldier)

tiltheendofthe-line:

I think I got impregnated during this scene because wow have I been craving some weird shit since I saw the movie.